Fred G Russell
Passed away on September 6, 2020
Frederick Graham Russell 86, Sugarland, Texas
Fred G. Russell slipped peacefully away to stand before his Savior on September 6, 2020. Fred is survived by his wife of 63 years (sweetheart of 68 years) and post-stroke caregiver of 11 years, Kathryn (Kay) Russell. He is also survived by his brother-in-law James C. White of Fort Worth, Texas. Fred was predeceased by his loving sister Mary Joan White.
Fred’s legacy of faithfulness, faith, service, and hard work lives on in his three daughters, Ellen Marchand (San Antonio), Susan Schulz (College Station), and Sandra Russell (Houston), and in sons-in-law Kirk Marchand and Mark Schulz. That legacy is also secure in his 11 grandchildren and his 20 great-grandchildren. Fred leaves behind several very dear and lifelong Houston friends.
Fred was born in Mineral Wells, Texas in 1934 to Arthur H. and Clint Russell. Fred grew up in Weatherford and Fort Worth where he was able to watch and develop his technical “knack” from his welder/fabricator and entrepreneurial father. He was industrious all his life, starting his career with a paper route. Fred and Kay were active students at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, where Fred was a cheerleader. He graduated from AHHS in 1953. Fred went on to Rice University, graduating with a BA and BS in Chemical Engineering in 1957 and 1958.
Fred and Kay were married in 1957 and started their life in Houston and planted themselves at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church near their home. Fred and Kay raised and married their children at St. Andrew’s, and Fred was a lifelong supporter at the church, rotating through many volunteer positions ranging from board member to facility maintenance and improvement coordinator. Fred and Kay also became lifelong supporters of the CCSC (Christian Community Service Center) in Houston.
Fred’s engineering career spanned more than 50 years. He was well known in the national and international petrochemical and gas processing engineering and product development communities through positions at Hudson Engineering (later McDermott), Delta Engineering (later Alaska Interstate), Hudson Products, and at John M. Campbell (training and consulting in later years). Fred’s technical contributions in gas processing and his contributions to the GPA Engineering Data Book earned him the prestigious midstream industry’s Hanlon Award in 1999.
Fred was a lifelong supporter of his alma mater. He was a regular fixture at Rice baseball games for many years and was an avid supporter and fundraiser for the university. The university honored Fred in 2000 with the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award for his career achievements, community support, and dedication to the advancement of Rice.
Fred enjoyed being surrounded by (later inundated with) family and friends. He pursued his passion for tennis with Kay for decades, and later enjoyed golf with family and friends. He loved boating around Lake Travis for many years at Lakeway. He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and, in recent years, sweetly welcomed each new great-grandchild into the crowd with a laugh and a goofy smile. Fredrick Graham Russell’s life was well and fully lived. He was a wonderful example to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, CCSC Houston, or a favorite charity.
A Celebration of Life service will be November 7th, 2020 at St. Andrew’s.